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Carter Rich

Charles Carter Rich (he preferred to use his middle name, "C. Carter Rich") was born in White Plains, New York, on August 14, 1935, the son of Marie Elizabeth ("Jill") Levenson and Charles Vanderlip Rich, Jr. He grew up in Orange, Virginia, and attended the Woodberry Forest School, then went on to graduate from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. He subsequently earned a Master's degree in Operations Research from Pennsylvania State University and became a licensed professional engineer, working in the aerospace and defense sector.

Carter was a longtime employee of General Electric Aerospace in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. His 38-year career in aerospace began as a rocket engineer in the Sputnik era, and progressed through spacecraft engineering and ground systems-related assignments of increasing responsibility. He became known as an expert in the acquisition of new business, a skill which led to large increases in General Electric government contracts. Ultimately he was promoted to General Manager of a General Electric Aerospace plant in San Jose, California, although he never completely relinquished "hands-on" leadership of business acquisition and program management functions.

Carter was a resident of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania for 25 years and later a resident of Palo Alto, California. Upon retiring from General Electric in 1991, he settled in Aldie, Virginia where he turned his mineral collecting hobby into a retirement business, which he pursued avidly to the benefit of a large coterie of customers. He traveled widely to acquire and sell his minerals, and was known especially for purchasing and reselling mineral specimens from old collections and long-defunct localities. He became internationally known as a dealer in fine mineral specimens, with clients all over the world. Although he acquired most specimens for resale, he always considered himself to be a collector at heart. His personal collection included a definitive suite of minerals from Delaware County, Pennsylvania (which he sold to Steve Carter of Penn Minerals).

Carter married Mary Jean ("Poopsie") Ambrose in 1958, and together they had three children: Elizabeth (Peter) Lapiska, Andrea (Patrick) Shearn, and Charles Rich, who died in 1987. Carter Rich died at the age of 83, on September 6, 2018 at Capital Caring Adler Center after a battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

The Washington Post, September 9, 2018.
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